On 20 October 2017, SL Gallery presents Unfinished Business, an exhibition of light
sculptures by PATRICK NASH in New York City.
“I started to feel self-conscious about my art and my identity, but, being clueless and scared
of the non-ironic world, I dug in my heels. It wasn’t until I was kicked out of Spawnbath that I
finally packed it in. I stopped making art, and to the great relief of my wife, Florence, I got a
job in a sign shop, at age 35 for $8.00 an hour.”
After a hiatus of more than 15 years, Patrick Nash resumes his studio practice. Unfinished
Business reflects his journey and struggles as an artist in the East Village (in the 80s and
90s) during a time of transition and gentrification in New York City. Feelings of instability,
fear and insecurity led Nash to a humbling reality check causing him to distance himself
from the art world to simply live. The works in this collection are a continuation of his
conversation about irony and authenticity, the feelings that lurk behind them, and the
emotional truth that inspires them both.
The materials used in the exhibition are concrete, steel, neon and mirrors. Cast cement and
unfinished steel evoke raw construction materials, diverted from their original purpose,
bringing a self-conscious architectural presence to the space. When used together, these
materials accentuate each other’s contrasting characteristics: darkness and light, fragility
and strength, flatness and depth. The tension that is inherent in these relationships is at the
heart of this collection.
Patrick Nash was born in 1959 in Buffalo, New York. He attended SUNY Buffalo where he
studied history, film and media. He moved to New York’s East Village in 1982 and began
making animated super 8 films and creating electric, kinetic sculptures for performance art.
During this period, he began working with cast ceramics and neon. Since then, Patrick has
designed and collaborated on pieces at El Pueblo Gallery in the East Village, Hallwalls
Gallery in Buffalo, Hudson Galleries in Tribeca, the Museum of Holography in SoHo and
exhibited works of neon and cast cement at Let There Be Neon’s rotating permanent
exhibition in Tribeca. Most recently, he has been commissioned to design a large neon
ceiling sculpture for Herzog & de Meuron’s 56 Leonard Street Tower in New York City.
This marks Patrick Nash’s first solo exhibition with the Gallery. Unfinished Business, at 335
West 38 Street, remains on view through 8 December 2017.